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Master and Commander Audiobook

Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Let more academic folk reach for Moby Dick; I'll take the Aubrey / Maturin series every time. The first of what has been called "the best [series of] historical novels ever written", Master and Commander has everything a good adventure story needs: well-drawn characters, a unique backdrop, and rousing action. And in Patrick Tull, it has the perfect narrator - the voice of an old sea dog who enjoys nothing more than sharing a well-told tale. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.

©1984 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC.

What the Critics Say

"The best historical novels ever written." (The New York Times Book Review)
"No writer alive can move one as O'Brian can; no one can make you laugh so loud with hilarity, whiten your knuckles with unbearable tension or choke with emotion. He is the master." (Irish Times)

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    Patricia TAMPA, FL, United States 11-06-12
    Patricia TAMPA, FL, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Listen carefully or you will miss out"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Master and Commander to be better than the print version?

    Yes because the British narrator does a superb job bringing you back in time with excellent accents and inflections.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The doctor. He is the foil that makes it possible for the novice sailor to learn about the majestic uniqueness of a sailing vessel.


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    Paul Westlake, OH, United States 07-31-12
    Paul Westlake, OH, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2015

    Home school family with six children ages 7-21. We love listening to audible books together. We like Twaddle-free books.

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    "Amazing Sea Story"

    I have enjoyed reading many of the Patrick O'Brian books. The story is really fine. I had previously enjoyed the movie very much also. I love naval novels and adventure stories and this satisfactorily does both. My only complaint was that somehow the coarse language grated on me more hearing it read out loud. I guess I have learned to filter the 'cuss' words when I read, but that is simply not possible when listening to the book. This is not a book I would let my youngsters listen to, and quite frankly, I won't listen to it myself again. It simply didn't meet our family standards.

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    Patrick J. Shea Jacksonville, FL USA 07-20-12
    Patrick J. Shea Jacksonville, FL USA 07-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Ripping good story with an excellent narrator."

    As a long time fan of the Aubrey/Maturin novels, it was a pleasure to find an audio rendering that fills the sails with such precision. Mr. Tull brings each character to life just so with wonderful accents and a twinkle in his eye.

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    Warnie Plano, TX, United States 07-19-12
    Warnie Plano, TX, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprisingly smitten"

    Oh, man, this was so much fun! I totally didn't expect to like this so much, but Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin pretty much immediately sucked me in, and Patrick Tull did a fantastic job narrating. Friendship, adventure, plenty of nautical battles...I am definitely looking forward to their next one. 20 more books to go--ha!

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    Amazon Customer 07-05-12
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    "Extraordinary"
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    I am on my second time through the series and enjoying it almost as much as my first time throguh. I did not have an interest in nautical life/history when I started this book. That made for a bit of a learning curve to come to grips with the vocabulary, but it was well worth it. The combination of wonderfully deep characters, exciting naval actions, masterfully written relationships (of all sorts) gives this book a substance that goes far beyond "story-telling." You do not have to be a history buff or have an interest in sailing to love this book and series. As the author said, beyond the story and the history, the series is the study of human relationships and interaction (paraphrased from the interview with Patrick O'Brian at the end of The Wine Dark Sea).

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    Kimble Louisville, KY, United States 06-19-12
    Kimble Louisville, KY, United States 06-19-12
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    "Patrick O'Brian: The True Master and Commander"

    Every adventure story you ever read as a child not only becomes alive again, but also challenges you on the intellectual level as an adult. The erudition, the accurate attention to the smallest detail across a very wide palette, history, seamanship, the conduct of war, medicine, politics, espionage, commerce, human nature, command and management concepts and plain old human foibles, conceits, and magnanimity across the ages are not found elsewhere, I believe, in all of literature. Just as the opening of Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" does in music, Patrick O'Brian does with words: You literally feel the salt spray in your face. You are at sea.

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    Tony Reynolds Seattle, WA USA 06-18-12
    Tony Reynolds Seattle, WA USA 06-18-12

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    "Fabulous First Audiobook"
    If you could sum up Master and Commander in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging witty reparte


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development. Patrick O'Brian does a great job with the detail for all of the essential characters to make you love them or hate them. The writing is so detailed and uses so many terms and jargon from a by-gone era that I felt the need to buy an encyclopedic dictionary of sorts written just for these stories. Not that one couldn't enjoy the books without, but I like learning new things and now know the difference between a xebec-frigate and a snow... Great writing and well performed. This is the main book behind the movie and the book that launched a publishing goliath. One is transported to another era in such detail that it's easy (for me) to close my eyes, listen along, and feel that I'm really a part of the story, a bystander along for the voyage.


    What does Patrick Tull bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Patrick Tull gives the book additional flair through his use of British, Irish and French accents, with a little Spanish thrown in as well. Much more aural detail than my mind could produce, and I have a well-developed imagination. Loved the performance and would love to hear more from Mr. Tull.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Friendship with a heart of oak forged by iron shot.


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    Thomas H. Kregel Minnesota 04-03-12
    Thomas H. Kregel Minnesota 04-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Hard to Follow"

    The production of this book suffers from the unclear delineation between segments of the story. The chapter of section breaks might have had a longer pause. I often found myself listening to a conversation, the plot shifted ahead hours or weeks, but I did not perceive the previous conversation has concluded.

    The reader does not greatly distinguish the voices other than by class (education level) to it is sometimes difficult to know who is speaking. Adding to this the authentic, but arcane nautical dialect of the speakers and much of the plot is confused.

    O'Brian does an excellent job of researching and presenting the daily lives of the characters and one does feel a better understanding of the difficult lives and brutish attitudes that built the British Empire. I don't think I will bother to read any of the sequels.

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    Colleen 02-25-12
    Colleen 02-25-12

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    "A 'New' Patrick O'Brian"
    What made the experience of listening to Master and Commander the most enjoyable?

    I was able to 'see' the action for not having to 'read' it as well...oh my! I love this series read by Patrick Tull....!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Jack Aubrey...he is like all of us...Everyman! He is not above a few shenanigans, but he knows where his line is drawn...


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Tull – was your favorite?

    I think the Doctor...he is endearing for his inability to actually see that he has 'issues' I mean that in a very liking way...he is addicted to drugs and has no idea...being a doctor, seems like he might get a clue...but no...:)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they became friends..right up front...the stiffness, the judgement, without knowing the other was a same gender soul mate..then the realization they were a good pair...


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this series 2 times through...and adore it, but when I listened to it, I found whole parts I could enjoy for the pure moving pictures in my head....Patrick Tull's narration bothered me in the beginning, But now,

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    Bradley Stafford, VA, United States 02-23-12
    Bradley Stafford, VA, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A Perfect Start to a Wonderful Sea Adventure"
    What did you love best about Master and Commander?

    Character development. Historical research and basis. Transported back 200 Years


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Master and Commander?

    Chance meeting of Aubrey and Maturin at the beginning of the novel. Unique method to start such a magnificiant friendship and continuing adventure.


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Tull – was your favorite?

    Which everone Tull was perfoming at the time. Tull and O'Brian are Bookends to a wonderful adventure.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An Adventure that you will wish would never end.


    Any additional comments?

    Entertainment at it best. Spellbinding and actually educational. I have listened to this entire series twice and hope to complete once more before I venture to meet Aubrey, Maturin, O'bian and Tull in the here after.

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